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'''Chicago''' ( or ), officially the '''City of Chicago''', is the List of United States cities by population|third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the state of Illinois, and the Midwestern United States. It is the county seat of Cook County, Illinois|Cook County. The Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10 million people and is the third-largest in the U.S. Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837, near a Chicago Portage|portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi watershed|Mississippi River watershed, and grew rapidly in the mid-nineteenth century. Positioned along Lake Michigan, the city is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation: O'Hare International Airport is the...
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